Tan and Mazzante named Penn State Male and Female Athletes of the Year

June 18, 2004

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State honored two of its finest student-athletes in naming Kevin Tan (Fremont, Calif.) and Kelly Mazzante (Montoursville, Pa.) its Male and Female Athletes of the Year for 2003-04.

A senior, Tan captured back-to-back NCAA championships on the still rings while helping the men's gymnastics team to an NCAA-record 11th national championship this past season. A national player of the year candidate in her senior campaign, Mazzante finished her brilliant Lady Lion basketball career as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer.

A Nissen-Emery Award finalist, given to the top senior gymnast in the country, Tan won his second consecutive NCAA championship on the still rings at the 2004 championships at the University of Illinois. An all-Big Ten selection, he won the still rings and parallel bars title at the 2004 championships. His still rings crown was his third-straight conference championship on the apparatus.

Tan never finished lower than third at the Big Ten meet during his college career. The California native was ranked first all year on the still rings and has not placed second since the team finals of last year's NCAA Championships, the last time he lost in individual competition on the rings was at the Southwest Cup on March 8, 2003. He earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for the week of Feb. 12 and won his second straight still rings title at the Winter Cup on Feb. 6-7. Ranked No.1 in the nation on the still rings, Tan finished first 23 times this season, 14 times on the still rings.

The Big Ten's career scoring leader with 2,919 points, Mazzante wrapped up a brilliant career with the Lady Lions this year while also earning Academic All-American of the Year honors for her work in the classroom. A three-time Kodak All-American, she was also named to the inaugural John R. Wooden All-American Team and became one of just 11 players ever to be named an Associated Press All-American at least twice.

Mazzante earned her second-straight Big Ten Player of the Year award while also becoming the only player ever to be named a four-time All-Big Ten selection. A Wade Trophy finalist, given to the women's basketball player of the year, she was the fastest player in Penn State and Big Ten history to score 1,000 and 2,000 points and is the only player in Big Ten history to lead the league in scoring for three-straight years. She finished her career No. 9 on the NCAA career scoring list and led the Lady Lions to consecutive Big Ten Championships, the NCAA Elite Eight in 2003-04 and NCAA Sweet 16 berths the two previous seasons.

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